How to Throw a Thrifty (and Easy!) Friendsgiving

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Not everyone goes home for Thanksgiving.

When faced with steep airfares and hectic airports, many opt to stay put and celebrate with friends. That can be an easy way to cut costs during an otherwise expensive season.

If you’re hosting a “Friendsgiving” this year, try out these tips to keep the costs down — and your sanity intact.

Keep it simple

Your friends likely won’t expect you to go all out. Splurge on one item, such as a delicious pumpkin pie or a special bottle of wine, and keep the rest of the menu simple. You can’t go wrong with easy Thanksgiving sides, such as honey-glazed carrots or mashed potatoes. Save your truffled mac and cheese for another occasion.

Opt for takeout

If cooking isn’t your forte, don’t stress out about roasting a turkey or whipping up mashed potatoes for the first time. There’s no shame in buying pre-made sides from your local grocery store. You can even reserve a turkey at Whole Foods and save yourself hours of prep.

Takeout from your favorite neighborhood restaurant is also a great option. Serve it on fancy dinner plates for an added touch.

Make it a potluck

Crowdsourcing dishes is an excellent way to save money. Not only are potlucks fun and interactive, but they take the burden off the host (that’s you!). Just ask what everyone is bringing beforehand so that there won’t be five green bean casseroles.

Here’s one way to make your potluck feel extra special for Thanksgiving: Ask everyone to bring a favorite childhood dish or something that reminds them of home.

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